Did you know that scientists have proven that curry may be able to treat cancer? Turmeric, a vital spice in the flavourful dish derived from a plant related to ginger, is believed to be the beneficial ingredient. Turmeric’s signature yellow colour is created primarily by curcumin, a polyphenolic pigment that has anticancer properties. In lab studies, curcumin has been found to kill cancer cells.
A clinical trial performed at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital in the UK found oral consumption of curcumin pills helps in the treatment of a group of 40 patients with bowel cancer tumours. Patients will also receive chemotherapy drugs because tests show that combining the two improve results.
Bowel cancer patients may be able to reduce their dosage of chemotherapy, a form of treatment that is related to many negative side effects.
The curcumin in turmeric has also been found to have a positive impact on Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis and edema. In traditional herbal medicine, it has also been applied topically to the skin to treat infections and bruising. Taken orally, turmeric has no negative side effects except possible nausea and diarrhea. It is a powerful antioxidant.